Ever have one of those perplexing conversations with a white person where they are positive that racism is over and you’re pretty sure they’re insane? Well, a recent poll shows that whites and blacks continue to have very different opinions on what is actually going on in this country, as shown by their confidence in police officers:
An NBC News/Marist College poll released Sunday found 52 percent of whites saying they have a “great deal” of confidence that police officers in their community treat blacks and whites equally. That is 11 points higher than in a September NBC/Wall Street Journal poll asking the same question (albeit using a different polling firm). … There’s been no such boon in confidence among African Americans, though. Just 12 percent express a great deal of confidence in local police’s equal treatment of blacks and whites — a number that is squarely within the 10-to-17-point range in previous surveys. Only one-third have at least a “fair amount” of confidence in their neighborhood police, compared with 78 percent of whites.
It’s hard to believe that change can happen if people in this country refuse to see the literal discrepancies between black and white right in front of them.
Team Blackness discussed more details of the Berkeley protests and a very revealing conversation with Elon and his father–a man he hasn’t spoken to in 27 years.